By Megan Roth
As the snow melts and the sun emerges, the spring welcomes in new blooms, warmer weather and longer days. It’s now time to start shedding the extra layers and inviting in more vibrant colors, pastels and florals.
To begin dressing for the new season, Cori Imbrigiotta, the owner of HAVEN, a fashion boutique in Chagrin Falls, shares with Jstyle three trends that will shine this spring: tailoring, bold colors and cool carryalls.
Tailored clothing is well-fitted and well-cut to one’s body. Tailoring isn’t new to the fashion realm, but its style constantly evolves to align with present day trends.
“I think it’s more of a classics prevail situation,” Imbrigiotta says. “A lot of the editorial things I’ve been reading lately have been calling it ‘tailoring 2.0’ because it kind of encompasses all sorts of tailoring.”
“Tailoring 2.0” can include small cinching and lace-up details on classic blazers. Or it can be a more relaxed, undone take on tailoring.
Two-piece sets are a great way to test out the tailoring trend. With a jacket and pants set, you can wear the pants with a separate blouse, the jacket with a different pair of pants or the full set.
Often inspired by menswear, a softer and more romantic take on tailoring is highlighted this season as well, Imbrigiotta says. Organza, a sheer fabric made from silk, can be used to form the more masculine elements of tailored clothes such as collars and sleeves, but in a more delicate and feminine way. The unique combination of masculine and feminine brings a fresh take to tailoring.
As the landscape brightens weather-wise, so too can outfits. This season, that means “dopamine dressing” – or wearing clothes that make you feel happy. For some, this means bright colors.
“Bold colors, on the top and bottom, are going to be really in (style) this spring,” Imbrigiotta says. “Pinks and purples have been huge; they’ve been dominating everything.”
Bright colors can be paired tonally, meaning dressing in multiple shades of the same color. A hot pink pant, for example, may be complemented with a more subdued baby pink top, she says. This can create a simple, yet stylish monochromatic moment.
Solid bold colors can also pair well with floral prints, which are always on trend in the springtime.
Accessories are a great way to add a little extra spice to an outfit. Carryall bags can speak to “dopamine dressing” with fun elements like sparkles, bold colors and unique shapes, Imbrigiotta says. They may also be a good opportunity to add another shade to a monochromatic outfit, or a chance to incorporate more muted, neutral colors like gold, black or crystal.
Carryalls don’t always have to take a slouchy shape, either. A more structured bag can provide a different, yet still classic style.
Once you find a perfect carryall, it’s possible to get even more use out of it. Carryalls with different ways to wear them – like under the arm or crossbody – can be worn to the grocery store in the morning and, with just a quick adjustment of the strap, to dinner at night.